Fish Report

 Fish Report

The Crudo boys weighed their sierra on a hand scale, marking the fish at 18.7 pounds!


Cabo San Lucas

This sierra mackerel weighing 18.7 pounds and caught by angler Sean Green aboard his 33-foot Invincible Boat “CRUDO” would have certainly been the NEW All Tackle World Record if they had weighed it on a certified scale and had this weight held!

Captained by Carlos “Sharluko” Peralta aboard the 33-foot Invincible “CRUDO,” the fish was caught by owner Sean Green from San Diego, Calif. 

The two were looking to land a roosterfish, trolling live mullet on the Sea of Cortez side, using a Shimano Talca 20 Reel with a Mustad circle hook. (Actually, this was almost a tie! A second fish of similar weight was caught in Ecuador in 1990. According to the IGFA website, the current Record in Ecuador weighed 18 pounds!)

The Crudo boys weighed their sierra on a hand scale, marking the fish at 18.7 pounds! If they had weighed it on a certified scale, and this weight held, it would have certainly been the NEW All Tackle World Record! Meaning the LARGEST FISH of this SPECIES EVER CAUGHT on rod and reel. It would have broken the record held for over thirty years!!!

In this case, they will never know. Team Crudo preferred to enjoy their catch and not worry about the potential of a record. The sierra was enjoyed as ceviche with a few cold beers. …Rebecca Ehrenberg, Pisces Sportfishing.

Captain Sharluko Peralta shows off the monster sierra mackerel!

PS. If you catch a big fish, and doubt whether or not it is World Record potential, come weigh it on the Pisces Dock scale, which is an IGFA Certified Weigh Station. There is also an IGFA-certified scale at Minerva’s Baja Tackle in Cabo.

SPECIES: Striped marlin, dorado, yellowfin tuna, mako shark, jack crevalle, ladyfish, sierra, roosterfish, needlefish, and triggerfish 

WEATHER CONDITIONS: The seas were clear and calm, with three to four-foot waves and wind from 11 to 25 kts. 

WATER TEMP: 84 degrees F.

AIR TEMP:   71 to 78 F.

BEST LURES: Large trolling lures, tuna feathers, tigrillo, live and dead mackerel, caballito, ballyhoo, Lisa, and hoochies.

BEST LOCATIONS: Santa Maria, Abajo del 95 Spot, GRAN VELAS, 1150 Spot, Fuera de Cabo, Punta Gorda, and Cabrillo Mt.

Puerto Los Cabos  

This week was much quieter in our local marina area as the fiesta and carnival, which had been congesting and blocking normal work areas, were removed, and the clean-up followed. Only moderate numbers of anglers were now in town, taking advantage of calmer weather patterns and sunny skies with highs near 85 degrees. Bait supplies consisted of caballito, jurelito, ballyhoo, slabs of squid, and some mullet.

Sportfishing charters spread out, looking for various options. Farther offshore, yellowfin tuna traveling with moving porpoise were often encountered 25 to 45 miles offshore, but it was hit or miss and was not a standard charter action. There were also chances at finding tuna near Iman and San Luis Banks, though these yellowfin proved very sporadic and scarce. Only a couple of wahoo were reported throughout the week. 

Better chances at catching various good-eating species were off the bottom, particularly early in the morning, while using yo-yo style jigs. Success varied daily, but some quality fish were caught, including one 81-pound amberjack, some fortune jack, red snapper, leopard grouper, bonito, barred pargo, yellow snapper, triggerfish, and one yellowtail. At times the red snapper were seen in masses near the surface, apparently feeding on tiny jellyfish. After adapting a taste for this natural food source, they had to be enticed to strike anything else.

Striped marlin were still being found offshore, but more scattered than in previous weeks. We saw a fair number of dorado on local grounds, with many over 25 pounds – and some were even closer to 50 pounds. They were striking on lures but more often on various baitfish. At times found in small groups, such as pairs of females with males, there were repeated reports of larger bulls being more finicky. Even as the females were hooked, the males would follow aggressively, but, more often than not, they shied away from striking any offerings with hooks in them. I guess, for this reason, they grew to larger-sized proportions.

Closer to shore, there were jack crevalle and some roosterfish, but not the roosterfish action we would expect for this time of year, as we are nearing peak season. Still, we have not seen the mass schools of mullet, which typically move in during this time frame. …Eric Brictson

East Cape 

The water has been warming fast, clean, and flat all week, in the 81 to 83-degree range.

The days have been beautiful! The mornings have been in the mid-60s, warming to the mid-80s by mid-day with clear blue skies.

Another stellar week of fishing! The most consistent yellowfin bite I can remember for the last three weeks – not one slow day. The tuna are bigger and have moved in closer. Lots and lots of released striped marlin. The big gallos have shown up close to the Ranch with lots of 40 to 70-pound fish released. Real quality dorado from 30 to 50 pounds are being caught daily, although there aren’t many around. The inshore fishing has been excellent, with big African Pompano to 20 pounds taken daily.

Huge schools of yellowfin under massive pods of porpoise have moved closer to shore. The fish are from 5 to 10 miles from the beach and are much larger. Most are taken on Hoochies, with some larger fish up to 40 pounds on live caballito. Limits for almost all anglers!

Tailers are everywhere. Boats targeting striped marlin are enjoying multiple releases. Most boats are picking up at least one while fishing for the tuna. Big stripers, lots in the 200-pound class. Trolled ballyhoo and lures are working with quite a few taken-on Hoochies!

The Gallo bite has really picked up! Giant gorillas from 40 to 70 pounds are taking caballito at the Lighthouse and from most Palmas Bay beaches.

There are not many dorado, but the fish brought in are all bulls from 30 to 50 pounds mixed with the tuna, taken on Hoochies and live caballito.

Inshore, there have been lots and lots of African Pompano taken daily, with many in the 20-pound class, along with some nice Pargo to 25 pounds. …John Ireland, Rancho Leonero

La Paz


(What full moon?)

La Paz – Las Arenas/Muertos Bay/Suenos Bay Fishing 

Report for the Week of June 3-10, 2023

It has been beautiful, with mostly sunny skies and great beach weather in 

the high 80s and low 90s. However, the mornings are still a bit nippy or, some mornings, downright cold, with windy conditions worthy

of a sweatshirt or light jacket that you can remove when the sun rises.

The water is still colder than average for this time of year, but it is getting warmer every week, with more blue water showing up. The water temps 

in La Paz Bay are only about 68 degrees on the surface but outside the Bay, 

they are up to about 73 degrees. However, they are still cooler than they should be.

SPECIES caught this week have been dorado, roosterfish, pargo, snapper, cabrilla, marlin, tuna, pompano, trevally, bonito, jack crevalle, amberjack, rainbow runner, and yellowtail.

LAS ARENAS FISHING – There has been a wider variety – no predominant fish, but you have a good chance of getting some of everything. In fact, 

most of the fish in the list above might be taken.

LA PAZ FISHING – Many more dorado with schools of smaller fish north 

of the city and in the channel between the peninsula and Cerralvo Island/ Espirito Santo Island. If you hit the right spot, it can be crazy wild. Some larger fish are also being found up into the 40-pound class. …Jonathan Roldan, Tailhunter International.

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